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Scuba Diving South Coast England, UK, Europe
Dive Site: The Moldavia
Location: 50°23.13N; 00°28.72W
Description: 9505 ton P&O Liner
Length: 160 metres (525 feet)
Depth: 28 metres to top of wreck (92 feet), 45 metres to seabed (150 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
The Moldavia was commandeered by the government in 1915 to transform it into an armed cruiser. It was sunk in 1918 by a torpedo and now lies at an angle on the channel floor. This is a very good dive, but the minimum depth of 28 metres means that it requires careful planning, especially as there have been some deaths on this wreck. The visibility can be fantastic in the summer, but a downside to it is the long journey out at 20 miles from Littlehampton or Brighton. There are some guns at the stern and amongst the torpedo blast area. There are thousands of portholes many of which are still in place. The mast and huge anchor still remain, however the propellers have been salvaged. The added bonus of lots of large fish, conger eels, and plenty of easy swim throughs makes this a very good dive.
I dived this on 24/8/07. Vis was great, possibly up to 25 metres! I can't give an accurate depth for the bow as I only managed the stern but the minimum I got was 37 metres to the starboard side (she lays on her port side). Depth to bottom was 50 mts. A great dive - well worth the long trip out there.
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